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A very eloquent review of where WordPress stands in today’s web and of what it can be made into. Includes ideas for where WordPress might go in the future, some criticisms, and input from notable community members. Well worth a read for anyone who wants to check the current view of WordPress. Some good discussion in the comments as well – whoever said comments were dead??
The WPBeginner site has unveiled a new resource for WordPressers: a glossary. WordPress resources are abundant online, but there has not been a canonical glossary on the subject – the Codex is good for what it does, but it is not a glossary. WPBeginner have taken the initiative to create a centralized listing of WordPress-related terms, along with their definitions, and link to related content as appropriate (good SEO win for WPBeginners as well). It’s a good start, but there’s much more that can be added; the people behind the site are open to suggestions! They are also interested in volunteers to help with managing the glossary.
A look back at the evolution of the WordPress interface, both in default themes and the administrative interface. I started with WordPress in the 1.2 days, and remember how much more basic it was then!
As a university student, part-time freelancer, and occasional blogger who also has other hobbies, keeping up with news and content about any one topic – WordPress included – can be a daunting prospect. In a lot of cases – again, WordPress included – news aggregators can gather and list items of note. For a busy person, this can simplify finding new content.
In the case of WordPress, there are a number of hubs on the web that produce and/or centralize news and other content. Some of these go back quite some time, while others are relatively recent. Over time, some sites have come and gone, or just become less active, or essentially started over.
Some current well-known sites in this vein are Post Status, WordPress Tavern, A Better Planet, and Torque. I follow these, and more, and they do well at listing content of note. What they don’t do is indicate the noteworthiness of freshly listed content, as seen by the community. This is a visible aspect of sites such as Reddit and Hacker News, with commenting and voting on content.
A common fixture on websites is a contact page, which provides the means for visitors to send a message to the site owner or administrator, whether a question, comment, compliment… or complaint, as the case may be. The simplest way to do this is by creating a mailto hyperlink with the destination email address, but this leads to at least two problems:
the user experience is marred by having to open a mail client, paste the address and type a message, or clicking on the link, having the mail client appear, and typing a message.
an email address embedded into a page’s markup becomes a target for email harvesters, which trawl the web looking for unprotected email addresses that they can then spam.
There are technical solutions to avoid the email harvesters, but this still leaves the user experience issue on the table. Fortunately, there is another option which addresses both issues: contact forms. (more…)
Capsule is a WordPress theme spearheaded by Alex King, a prolific WordPress user and developer. The premise behind Capsule is to provide a purpose-built system for coders to maintain programming notes, knowledge, and snippets in a WordPress-based application. Very neat!
A suite of test data for WordPress, to be used for testing theme appearance and behaviour. Builds on WordPress’ own theme test data with years of personal experience to “create a potent cocktail of simulated, quirky user content”. Looks like another worthwhile tool in the theme development toolbox.
The WP Daily website has been growing and noticeably active in recent times. One of its latest initiatives is the creation and curation of a library of WordPress-related resources. These run the gamut from news to tutorials to podcasts, touching on numerous subjects over varied media.
This is a welcome initiative because, as powerful as search engines are today, finding relevant, useful, and quality content can still be a challenge for any subject. WP Daily are taking a step to bridging that gap with their Community Resource Library initiative.